Safety and Prevention

When the topic of child abuse and neglect makes headlines, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons. That is until April each year when the national conversation surrounding this topic turns to something more positive – prevention. April is reserved › Continue Reading

In many ways, prematurity is a mystery to both clinicians and researchers alike. For a long time, it was seen as unpredictable and inevitable. Over the last few decades, medical and research communities have focused their efforts on bettering the › Continue Reading

Make your own pinwheels as a fun spring or summer activity. You can also display your creations in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month each April. We tested out a do-it-yourself pinwheel craft we found online. It’s fun and › Continue Reading

By now, many parents have probably heard about the allergy study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting the early introduction of peanut protein decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergies. The validity of › Continue Reading

As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective, giving the proper dose can be tricky, especially when it’s › Continue Reading

With help from the news media, the measles exposure at Disneyland in California has given healthcare professionals a renewed opportunity to share information about measles with parents of the children for whom we care. The full scope of the illness › Continue Reading

Brrr — you know it’s cold outside when schools are canceling classes and your Facebook friends are posting pictures of thermometers. With the arctic-like temperatures outside, families are likely doing everything they can to keep warm – both inside their › Continue Reading

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone, but for me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery four › Continue Reading

Baby, it is cold outside and keeping your babies warm when you’re out and about is incredibly important. But, this is also the time of year that too many young children are riding in their car seats with heavy coats › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer a lot of questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. One particular danger that I would like to warn parents about is accidental alcohol ingestion. Because we receive on › Continue Reading

Each influenza season is different from the last because the viruses that circulate change from year to year and immunity from season to season is not long lasting. Vaccines are prepared each year based on predictions and mathematical models of › Continue Reading

The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or believe that they can safely experiment with them. The statistics › Continue Reading

Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.   Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according to a study done by Michigan State University and published › Continue Reading

My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery on the day we were supposed to be celebrating his first birthday. Not only did it change our lives forever, but it also changed the significance of birthdays for our family. We › Continue Reading

I love seeing pictures of my friends’ kids riding in their car seats. It makes this child passenger safety technician’s heart happy to see babies buckled up and riding safely. But, sometimes, in those same pictures, I see things that › Continue Reading

Enterovirus FAQs

If you’ve seen or read the news during the last few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about a strain of enterovirus called EV-D68. This is the virus that has been reported to be associated with large numbers of respiratory illnesses across › Continue Reading

The American Justice Department statistics show that 1 out of every 4 kids will be bullied sometime throughout their adolescence. With the consequences of bullying well-documented, this is a sobering statistic. Parents whose children have been victims of bullying often › Continue Reading

For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used in food, drinks, and over the counter and prescription products. › Continue Reading

As a pediatrician in the emergency department (ED), I have a unique vantage point where I witness and treat a wide range of childhood injuries, which can range from minor abrasions and lacerations to loss of a limb and even › Continue Reading

When I’m advising parents on child passenger safety and doing personalized car seat checks through the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center, I often hear comments along the lines of: “I don’t want her to be uncomfortable” or “That seems really tight” when › Continue Reading

My kids love picnics. There’s something exciting about being in the fresh air and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. The usual foods my family eats every day seem far more delicious when eaten on a blanket in the › Continue Reading

Corralling my kids long enough to slather the recommended golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen all over their skin is no easy task.  They’re active to say the least, and all of their wriggling and writhing combined with the sunscreen’s greasiness make › Continue Reading

It’s pool time again! This time of year is always exciting for kids who are eager to spend time in the water, but it’s also an important time to review pool safety rules for the entire family. Drowning continues to be the second leading › Continue Reading

There really is nothing better than opening the windows after a long, cold winter and feeling the warm breeze of spring flowing through your house. But it is also the time of year for a reminder that open windows can › Continue Reading

Codeine. It’s been around for a long time. It was prescribed 1.7 million times in 2011 for kids under the age of 18 for pain and cough. It wouldn’t have lasted this long and been used that often if it › Continue Reading